The American Cancer Society reports that skin cancer is the most common type of all cancers.

They estimate more than 3.5 million cases of non-melanoma and more than 76,000 instances of melanoma will be diagnosed in 2013.

To avoid developing a skin cancer, there are some simple everyday precautions you can take.

Avoid using tanning beds or sun lamps, wear protective clothing, and use sunscreen, sunglasses, and lip balm every day, especially on days when you know you will spend time outdoors between the hours of 10AM and 3PM.

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Florida Dermatology & Skin Cancer Centers offer skin cancer screenings as well as effective surgical and non-surgical skin cancer treatments.

We perform Mohs micrographic surgery, excisional surgery, and radiation treatments. Our methods remove the cancerous growth, minimize the risk of reoccurrence, and leave as little scarring as possible.

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Don’t delay in getting treatment.

Dr. Foster is certified in Mohs micrographic surgery. Mohs micrographic surgery is a state-of-the-art treatment for all types of skin cancers. It offers the highest cure rate of any surgery (up to 99% for non-melanoma carcinomas), with minimal discomfort, and the greatest preservation of normal tissue (which means less scarring and superior cosmetic results).

Certification in this procedure requires extensive training and involves teaching the physician to act as the surgeon, pathologist, and reconstructive surgeon. We perform Mohs micrographic surgery on an outpatient basis, often the same day, under local anesthesia.

If left untreated, skin cancer can progress to the point that it is disfiguring and life threatening. Early detection and treatment of skin cancers saves lives and minimizes the area of skin that needs to be removed and reconstructed.

Skin Cancer Risk Factors

  • Too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation or history of sunburns

  • Pale skin (easily sunburned)

  • Multiple or unusual moles

  • Family history of skin cancer

  • Weakened immune system or older age

Skin Cancer Warning Signs

  • Changes in mole shape or pigmentation

  • Bleeding or oozing from a bump

  • A new growth or an older growth which changes in size or shape

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